Monthly Archives: July 2011

Protest ride today on Blackfriars Bridge

Incredibly, it seems that Transport for London are entirely disregarding the welter of criticisms their plans for ‘improving’ Blackfriars Bridge have received over the last few months, and are simply pressing ahead, regardless, with their preferred scheme. This evening. In … Continue reading

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Longer lorries coming to Britain’s roads?

There’s an interesting article in the current issue of Private Eye (Eye 1292) about the government’s apparent willingness to allow longer articulated trucks onto our roads. It asks the rather pointed question Why is a Tory-led government considering letting even … Continue reading

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Just how motor vehicle-centric is Transport for London?

Very, seems to be the answer, given that they seem to think pedestrians are just like cars. How so? On pages 25-27 of their Network Operating Strategy document (draft), Transport for London describe how they have conducted ‘Signal timing reviews’ … Continue reading

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The delusion of ‘shared space’ as an urban transport panacea

Exhibition Road – a vision of paradise Our urban planners seem to be collectively labouring under a rather strange delusion; a delusion that removing pavements and tarmac road surfaces and replacing them with an expanse of granite blocks will automatically … Continue reading

Posted in Department for Transport, London, Shared Space, Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Making the motor vehicle seem sensible

A few months ago, I was wandering around The Science Museum in London, and I encountered this startling vision of the future – It’s the Toyota ‘i-Unit’. According to Toyota – The “i-unit” is a form of “personal mobility” that … Continue reading

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Are some motoring fines so low they actually encourage law-breaking?

If you manage to get caught travelling at anything up to 50 mph in a 30 mph area by a speed camera, you will, most typically, receive a fixed penalty of £60. However, if you decide to make your number … Continue reading

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Doing the Metropolitan Police’s job for them

I write this post in the interests of tracking down the clearly violent individual shown in the video above. Although the police were easily able to locate the registered keeper of the car involved, it seems that – by an … Continue reading

Posted in Assault, Metropolitan Police | 10 Comments

Cyclists – Don’t be here, and don’t be there. Just don’t be.*

Only 1-2% of trips in London are made by bicycle. In a perverse way, I can find a great deal of hope in those numbers, because it tells me that a large number of people want to cycle, despite the … Continue reading

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A friendly warning from Thames Materials

“Cyclists – Beware of passing this vehicle on the inside” Presumably because the driver could be drunk, using his mobile phone, and have 20 previous convictions for driving while disqualified? Putz, of Barnet, North London, was previously jailed for six months … Continue reading

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Michael Isherwood – another cyclist death, another scandalous sentence

Let us imagine the case of a train driver who fell asleep at the controls of his train. Let us further imagine, as a result of being asleep, he fails to stop at a red signal, causing an accident which … Continue reading

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